Music Theory & Composition

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

1,418

declining 7.08%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$7,847

growing 0.268%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$36,650

growing 2.4%

Average Wage

$57,092

growing 1.36%

People in Workforce

2.04M

growing 2.1%

Average Employee Age

40.8

growing 0.397%

About

The locations with the highest concentration of Music Theory & Composition degree recipients are Boston, MA, New York, NY, and Chicago, IL. The locations with a relatively high number of Music Theory & Composition degree recipients are Newberry, SC, Montpelier, VT, and Dix Hills, NY. The most common degree awarded to students studying Music Theory & Composition is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Music Theory & Composition and the types of students that study this field. Berklee College of Music awards the most degrees in Music Theory & Composition in the US, but Berklee College of Music and McNally Smith College of Music have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Music Theory & Composition.

Tuition costs for Music Theory & Composition majors are, on average, $7,847 for in-state public colleges, and $36,650 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Music Theory & Composition programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (125 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (869 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Music Theory & Composition

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Music Theory & Composition, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (869 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Music Theory & Composition programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,847

Median In-State Public

$36,650

Median Out of State Private

Berklee College of Music has the most Music Theory & Composition degree recipients, with 321 degrees awarded in 2016.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Music Theory & Composition programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Berklee College of Music and McNally Smith College of Music have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Music Theory & Composition, with 22.2% and 10.1%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Music Theory & Composition

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Music Theory & Composition by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Visual & Performing Arts graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Visual & Performing Arts majors is $57,092 and the most common occupations are Designers, Elementary & middle school teachers, and Miscellaneous managers.

The industry that employs the most Visual & Performing Arts majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$57,092

Average Wage in Workforce

± $1,021

1.36%

1 Year Growth

± 2.55%

The average salary for Visual & Performing Arts majors is $57,092 and the most common occupations are Designers, Elementary & middle school teachers, and Miscellaneous managers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Visual & Performing Arts majors.

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Visual & Performing Arts majors, by number of employees, are Designers, Elementary & middle school teachers, and Miscellaneous managers.

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Visual & Performing Arts majors working as Artists & related workers, Designers, and Musicians, singers, & related workers.

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Highest Paid

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Music Theory & Composition is from the 2 Digit Course Visual & Performing Arts.

The highest paid occupations by median income for Visual & Performing Arts majors are Dentists, Physicians & surgeons, and Other healthcare practitioners & technical Occupations.

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Occupations by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Music Theory & Composition is from the 2 Digit Course Visual & Performing Arts.

2.04M

2017 Workforce

± 34,841

2.1%

1 Year Growth

± 2.38%

The number of Visual & Performing Arts graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 2.1%, from 2M in 2016 to 2.04M in 2017.

The largest single share of Visual & Performing Arts graduates go on to work as Designers (10.3%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Visual & Performing Arts by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Music Theory & Composition is from the 2 Digit Course Visual & Performing Arts.

2.04M

2017 Workforce

± 34,841

2.1%

1 Year Growth

± 2.38%

The number of Visual & Performing Arts graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 2.1%, from 2M in 2016 to 2.04M in 2017.

The industry which employs the most Visual & Performing Arts graduates by share is Elementary & secondary schools, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Visual & Performing Arts.

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Specialty Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Music Theory & Composition is from the 2 Digit Course Visual & Performing Arts.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Visual & Performing Arts majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Visual & Performing Arts in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Visual & Performing Arts is 40.8, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Visual & Performing Arts degrees, and White students earn the majority (698) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Music Theory & Composition is from the 2 Digit Course Visual & Performing Arts.

40.8

Average Age in 2017

± 0.225 Years

0.397%

1 Year Change

± 0.779%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Visual & Performing Arts. The most common ages of employees with this major are 29 and 26 years old, which represent 3.64% and 3.64% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Music Theory & Composition are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Research Doctorate.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Music Theory & Composition is from the 2 Digit Course Visual & Performing Arts.

The most common degree types held by the working population in Visual & Performing Arts are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (74.2%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    698 degrees awarded

  2. Non-resident Alien

    272 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    118 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Music Theory & Composition for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination

  1. White Male

    372 degrees awarded

  2. Non-resident Alien Male

    94 degrees awarded

  3. White Female

    90 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Music Theory & Composition. White Male students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Music Theory & Composition is from the 2 Digit Course Visual & Performing Arts.

Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. Korea

    27,530 degree recipients

  2. China

    18,664 degree recipients

  3. Mexico

    13,350 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. Armenia

    5.11 times more than expected

  2. Korea

    5.03 times more than expected

  3. Azerbaijan

    4.93 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Armenia that hold Visual & Performing Arts degrees (5.11 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Korea (27,530 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Music Theory & Composition field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Music Theory & Composition majors need many skills, but most especially Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Music Theory & Composition majors need more than the average amount of Equipment Selection, Management of Financial Resources, and Management of Material Resources.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Music Theory & Composition majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Equipment Selection is very distinctive for majors, but the Speaking, Instructing, and Reading Comprehension are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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